"People are too caught up in today's headlines," said Mr. Mayer of the attendees who sought out his reaction to their plot summaries -- 25 words or less, please. "When you write a thriller about international events, international events could overtake your story."
Further, according to Mr. Mayer, people are also too caught up in the belief that their experiences and occupations are fascinating to other people. "They can be fascinating," he clarified. "But you've got to pump things up.
"I'm not getting the thrills," he told venture capitalist Gregory Belmont, who was enthusiastically laying out the plot of his novel about a venture capitalist recruited by Homeland Security "to discover why Dubai's sovereign wealth fund is making a hostile bid for the nation's leading surveillance company."
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